eNews: September 7, 2016


8        Class picture day (K-5), 5th grade individual pictures

  9        Picture day, Individual picture day K-4 

26-30   Books Inc, Book Fair

27        Third grade Bike Rodeo
28        Walk-a-thon

1          Julia Robinson Math Festival
3-6       Walk and Roll Week
7          Staff Development, No School

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.   

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is coming to Palo Verde!

Oct 1st  9:30-11am
The Julia Robinson Math Festival is a chance for students to work on interesting, inspiring, engaging, thought-provoking math problems and puzzles.  A collaborative, non-competitive setting curated by math-loving adults allows students to explore the joys and power of mathematics.

100 spots available!

For more information about the festival visit:  http://jrmf.org/

Only open to Palo Verde students, K-5
This is NOT a drop-off event
Questions?  Email:  Denise White <glen.denise.white@gmail.com>
A Palo Verde PTA sponsored event!
International Harvest Fair
Please join Palo Verde’s diverse community as it celebrates the harvest season and the many beautiful cultures that make up our community.
Palo Verde’s Harvest and International Fair
Date: Sunday, October 23th from 3-5 pm
The fair will have different country booths & harvest games led by the 5th graders.  A planning meeting will be held on 9/16, Friday after the assembly~8:30 in the teacher’s lounge. If you are interested in volunteering at the fair, please contact Kala Mehta Lansberg or Mirlaine Mello.
From Last Week
Help Us Reserve a Date for our Ice Skating Party at the Winter Lodge!

The PTA is looking for volunteers to help us reserve a date for our fun-filled winter Ice Skating Party. Because of the high demand for weekend parties in the winter, we need volunteers to stand in line in shifts beginning Monday, September 12th through the night until sign-ups open at 9:00am Tuesday, September 13th at the Winter Lodge. We have all shifts covered other than the overnight. Are you able to take the 12am-6am shift? If so, please contact VP Social Yael Valek, yaelcow@yahoo.com.
We have a VP of Fundraising, and the First Dad on the PTA Board!  Will You Be Our VP of Communication ?
A huge thank you and welcome to Marc Shubb, who is now the VP of Fundraising and the first dad on the PTA board !  We are very excited to have Marc join the board. We are now looking for a VP of communication, someone who will ensure that the flow of information to the community is smooth and efficient. The VP of Communication works with the Voice and news editors, sets deadlines for submissions, manages the school calendar and sends reminders to the various chairs. This year, the PTA has subscribed to Konstella, an online directory provider and an online platform where parents can not only view the directory, but also receive communication from the PTA, sign up for events, check out who else has signed up. The VP of communication will manage the site on behalf of the PTA board.  The VP of Communication is required to attend the once a month board meeting, usually the last Friday of the month. All the rest of the work is done over email. No previous experience necessary. With so many exciting events scheduled, including the very popular Ice Skating Social and the Harvest and International Fair coming up soon, it is very crucial for the flow of communication to be smooth. Please contact Anjani Sarma, president@pvpta.org to sign up.
Palo Verde PTA’s 12th Walk-a-Thon Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016. We Need Volunteers

Get your walking shoes ready, Palo Verde! During the Walk-a- Thon on Wednesday, September 28, Palo Verde students walk laps around the field getting some exercise and raising money for Palo Verde. In addition, the Walk-a- Thon is the kick-off for Walking Club which will commence in October . Please show your Palo Verde pride by wearing blue! Money raised by asking for donations from family and friends supports:
Noon Art which provides a calm alternative to the bustle of the playground.
Walking Club which meets weekly at lunchtime to promote exercise and awards fun prizes to participants for reaching milestones.

Please look for the donation form which went out in this week’s Voice. Deadline for turning in donation forms is Wednesday, September 28. Donations are based on participation. There are no per lap contributions. Please have your student ask only people he/she knows for donations. All donation checks should be turned in to the office with the student’s donation form (in this month’s Voice) by Wednesday, September 28. All donations are tax deductible. Checks are payable to the Palo Verde PTA. Palo Verde PTA Tax ID is: 94-6184933

We need volunteers to help our Walking Club chair Anna Carl run the event. Volunteers hand out water, punch lap cards and cheer on our walkers. Please contact Anna Carl,abjoring@yahoo.com to volunteer.
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 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Food Service Department Open Forums
Palo Alto USD invites parents, employees, students, and community members to a series of Food Services Department Community Open Forums held throughout the 2016-17 school year.  Please visit:
Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC) Survey
The PAUSD School Board created a Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC) and charged this committee to explore and recommend processes for naming or renaming schools based on community input and feedback.  The community consists of students, parents, alumni, former parents, community members, and PAUSD teachers and staff.  With this short survey, we would like to get your initial input concerning the criteria you consider to be most important for the naming of any district school.  Your input will help the RSAC understand the community’s values, and alongside other data, help inform the Committee’s discussions and recommendations to the Board.  The survey is very short and we appreciate you taking two or three minutes to give your input by completing and submitting this seven question survey. Simply click the following link to begin


PAUSD Seeks Parent Member for Board Policy Review Committee
Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) invites its parents to consider joining the Board Policy Review Committee (BPRC), a committee established to assist the PAUSD Board of Education in its thinking about District policies.  The BPRC committee currently has an opening for a parent representative.  Parents interested in the school district’s process of developing policies should fill out the form online (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PFqb2N2x7pwx5Lp1XVFtWHuZdKuAb4zvojnwMye-iYM/viewform?edit_requested=true) before the deadline of end of the business day on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  For more information, go to https://www.pausd.org/explore- pausd/news/pausd-seeks-parent- member-board-policy-review- committee-bprc
Notice of Public Hearing: Sufficiency of Textbooks and Instructional Materials
Tues, Sept 13, 6:30 pm, Board Room, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto
The Board of Education will receive input from the public relative to certification that students have sufficient textbooks and/or instructional materials for the 2016-2017 school year. Additional information available through Educational Services at 650-329-3709.
Juggling Two: Your New Baby and Older Sibling (2nd trimester-newborns)
Thu, Sept 29, 7-9:00 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Growing your family can be a big adjustment.  Discuss the emotions and preparations needed for juggling the individual needs of two children.  Learn strategies for before, during, and after the new baby comes home.  Anticipate older child behaviors and nurture a healthy sibling relationship right from the start. With Heidi Emberling, MA, parent educator. $45; $30 additional parenting partner. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juggling-two-your-new-baby-and-older-sibling-2nd-trimester-newborns-registration-26426073096?ref=ebapi&utm_source=Sept+2016+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PP+PA+Highlights+Sept+2016&utm_medium=email
Know a Child Who Loves to Sing?
Tue, Sept 6, 3.30 (Pre K/K), 4.30 (1-2gr), Los Altos
Cantabile Youth Singers an internationally recognized children’s chorus presents their September Open House on Tuesday September 6th.  You are invited to a free demo class, open to boys and girls with a love for choral singing! Come learn about Cantabile, and experience music from all over the world, as we sing, move, and build our musicianship within a fun choral community. Each demo session is age-appropriate, with a 40-minute rehearsal, followed by a Q and A for parents.
To sign up, please contact us at info@cantabile.org(650.424.1410) To register for classes, sign up at http://cantabile.org/join/registration/
Cub Scouts Pack 6
Calling all 1st -5th grade boys! Come check out Cub Scout Pack 6! Does your son like camping, hiking, building things, exploring, playing games and hanging out with friends? If so, Cub Scouts is for you.  Fun for the boys as well as the grown-ups! During the school year, we meet 2 Thursdays a month.  We also usually have 2 camping trips and another overnight.  Dens are grade-based and the boys progress towards earning their rank through fun activities done in meetings and at home.  Build confidence and learn new skills! Our first meeting takes place Thursday, September 1 at 7:00pm in the Palo Verde MP room.  Questions? Please email:pack6info@gmail.com.
Effective and Joyful Discipline With Your Strong-Willed Child (7 – 11 years old)
Tues, Sept 20, 7- 9 PM,  Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Strong-willed children want to cooperate, yet they need to be approached differently than easygoing children. Rather than ending up in power struggles, break this cycle and learn how to win cooperation effectively. You can bring out the best in yourself and your children. With Cynthia Klein, BA.  $45; $30 additional parenting partner.
What is Sensory Motor Development? An Introduction to Occupational Therapy (all ages)
Tues, Sept 27; 7-9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Occupational therapy (OT) can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and increase their confidence and sense of accomplishment. Come meet our occupational therapist and learn how OT can help your child’s development. We will discuss:What is occupational therapy? What is sensory processing disorder? What does a motor skill delay look like? How can occupational therapy help my child? With Lisa Matudio, MS, OTR/L. $45; $30 additional parenting partner. Register here.: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-is-sensory-motor-development-an-introduction-to-occupational-therapy-services-all-ages-registration-26428057030?ref=ebapi&utm_source=Sept+2016+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PP+PA+Highlights+Sept+2016&utm_medium=email
Palo Alto Library — Family Date Night- Fort Making Pajama Party
Fri, Sep 16, 7-8:15PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Wear pjs. Build forts. Eat snacks. Have fun. Please register for each family member who will be attending.
Palo Alto Library — Friday Fun
Fri, Sep 2, 3:30-5PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
 Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and a couple of rounds of Bingo! Every first Friday of the month.
Love Art and Art History?
Interested in O’Keeffe, Rivera, Thiebaud, or Jacob Lawrence?
Volunteer docents needed to give presentations about the lives and work of Master Artists to PAUSD elementary students.  Training provided by Arts Coordinator, Sharon Ferguson.  Art History background preferred but not required. Flexible hours.  Volunteer docent meetings/training at held at Art Education, 25F Churchill Ave.  For more information contact Emily at Art Education (650) 329-3939
Palo Alto Library — Saturday Board Games Day
Sat, Sep 3, 10-6PM, Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave.
Attendees can bring their own games to play or jump-in with others. Please bring your own snacks and drinks to fuel an afternoon of marathon gaming in the Downtown Library program room.

Palo Alto Library — Knack 4 Knitting
Wednesdays, 4-6PM. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
This a great opportunity to share your love for knitting, meet new friends and help others with their projects. Meets every Wednesday each week. Grades 9-12 and adults. Please register for this event online.
Community Service Opportunity: Coastal Clean Up Day
Sat Sept 17, 9AM – noon, Baylands (Matadero or Adobe Creek)
The City of Palo Alto is hosting two clean-up sites (Matadero and Adobe creeks) to clean up litter in the Baylands. To sign up: Please go to www.cleanacreek.org (scroll down to Palo Alto) to sign up and be sure to bring your waivers.  Three hours of community service will be available.
Media Rules:  Healthy Connections in the Digital Age
Fri Sep 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Memorial Aud., 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Do you feel that media is all-consuming and rules your family life? Navigating technology can feel like uncharted and unprecedented territory for parents. How can we effectively manage media use when the rules of engagement seem to be constantly changing? Join us to explore how adults and kids can establish healthy connections and positive relationships in the digital age.
Adults $10; students free. Details & tickets: http://www.challengesuccess.org/media-rules/
Let’s Talk, A SELPA 1 Support Group
Mon, Sept 12, 7-9pm, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc.  All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.  For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org
PreSchool Family 70th Anniversary Celebration
Sun, Sept 25, 3-5pm, Greendell School, 4120 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
PreSchool Family is turning 70.  Celebrate with classroom visits, alumni class photos, and refreshments.  Alumni and Current Families welcome. Hosted by Friends of PreSchool Family.  For more information, visit psf.pausd.org.
Community Discussion on Teen Suicide
Wed Sept 7, 6.30-8PM CHC, 650 Clark Way. Palo Alto 94304
CHC (Childrens Health Council) and the Findings from the CDC Preliminary Report on Teen Suicide: A Community Discussion.  CHC’s Dr. Ramsey Khasho will present the findings of the recent CDC report and will lead an open discussion about its implications for teen mental health in Palo Alto and the neighboring communities. Additionally, Dr. Khasho will discuss the results from our 8-week McKinsey & Co. study, and how all these reports shape our Teen Mental Health Initiative.
Following events are sponsored by Project Safety Net.  September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month:
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (2-day Training, Ages 16+)
Tues, Sept 6 and Wed, Sept 7, 3-7pm, Mitchell Park Complex (9/6) & Cubberley Community Center (9/7), Palo Alto
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.  RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-mental-health-first-aid-training-palo-alto-tickets-26960741303
Question Persuade and Refer (QPR) Training
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for suicide prevention is a FREE two-hour training available to anyone 18 years of age or older. QPR training helps you learn the signs of suicide, and what to do to help prevent this most preventable of deaths.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Silicon Valley Walk
Sat, September 17, 2016, Walk begins at 11am, Arena Green, San Jose, CA
Put on your walking shoes-on-site or virtually– to join the Palo Alto Community and Project Safety Net for this important mental health awareness event.  Your support will help change the perceptions about mental wellness, reduce mental health stigma, and promote suicide prevention.  For more information, visit http://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=9367
Project Safety Net at the Palo Alto Community Health Fair
Sat, 10 Sept, 2 – 4PM, Mitchell Park Complex, Palo Alto
Come drop by the PSN table to get mental health resources
PSN Collaborative Community Meeting
Wed, Sept 28, 4 – 6PM, Rinconada Library, Palo Alto
Join us at our next meeting to meet and hear from community members who are reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice.  Register at: http://.bit.ly/PSNAug2016